Landscaping

Above Ground Pool with DeckThe addition of an above ground pool essentially extends your overall living space into your backyard. The fun your new pool will bring is enough to attract friends and family, but you want to create a space that is visually appealing as well.

The detailed framework and quality construction of each OutBack above ground pool makes it an elegant addition to any backyard. To enhance that beauty, many pool owners add complementary landscaping and decking. Whatever additions you make, be certain you always retain access to the pool for maintenance needs.

Water’s Edge

Pool owners that install a deck and fence gain both a beautiful accent and an added layer of security to their new pool. Options are available in a wide variety of wood and manmade products, such as metals and resins, and designs run the gamut from intricate to simple.

For easy access to their above ground pool, many homeowners install sturdy decking that glides from their back door right up to the pool’s edge. Others carry the walkway around the perimeter – encircling the pool with extra space for potted plants, lounge chairs and enough room for poolside dining.

Currently, one of the most popular trends in outdoor living is bringing the indoors out. The addition of a poolside deck gives you room to create that outdoor living or dining room, where your whole family can congregate.

A pool fence along the perimeter of your deck helps prevent unwanted access to the pool, but it also keeps the fun from escaping. Enclosures keep errant beach balls and volleyballs from wandering.

In the Green

LandscapingAn above ground pool creates a unique setting for your backyard landscaping. The height of the pool and the attractive wall design create the perfect backdrop for a wide variety of plant life.

A popular option among above ground pool owners is the use of landscape rocks and stones to define the pool perimeter. Available in a rainbow of colors and an extensive choice of sizes, the addition of landscape rocks can make your above ground pool stand out or blend in with your backyard.

Whether you begin your poolscape with rocks or soil, you’ll want to inject a little life into the surroundings with some carefully selected plants and flowers. Because you will occasionally splash some chlorinated water over the edge, you’ll want to be certain to pick hardier varieties of plants for the pool perimeter.

Consult with your local nursery to determine the best plants for your region. Once you have narrowed down the selection, consider these options to give your backyard oasis some personality:

  • Trees and shrubs lend height and depth to the space.
  • Be sure BEFORE you begin planting that you know the expected growth height and width of the plants you place near your above ground pool.
  • Flowers planted in bulk provide an impressive dose of color and give the most impact – buy a flat or two and watch them multiply.
  • White flowers and variegated plants will reflect light in the evening and make your landscape glow.
  • There is more to nature than just eye-catching beauty – incorporate a few sweet smelling plants in your design such as herbs and highly scented flowers.
  • If you have a deck or fence railing, don’t forget them when you landscape. Install hanging pots, window boxes and dot potted plants around the pool.

Tiered plantings can conceal the entire structure of your above ground pool and create an in ground appearance.